How to See Your First Messages With Someone on Facebook

Below, you’ll find four different guides on how to see and save your old Facebook messages. If you follow these guides, you’ll be able to see your first Facebook message with someone (as long as Facebook hasn’t deleted it), save all of your messages for safe keeping or simply take a stroll down memory lane.

Last tested on February 5th, 2016.

Very Easy

If you’d like the quickest, easiest, way to see your first message, follow this guide. However, you’ll need to remember what you said or one of the keywords.

Easy

If you want an easy way to backup all your messages and an easy way to see your first message if you don’t remember how it went, follow this guide. However, this method lists all your messages in one giant page so you’ll have to do some sifting to find it. Additionally, Facebook makes you wait up to a day to receive the download.

Moderate

This method is the best if you want to see your first messages with a specific person, don’t remember how it went and don’t fell like waiting up to a day for your download. I personally think most people will choose this method because it’s still easy as long as you follow the steps carefully.

Difficult

If you want to backup and save your messages with someone in a clean PDF form, this is the guide for you. Be prepared to work for it though, as it may take quite some time if you wish to save a lot of messages.


Very Easy:

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/messages/
  2. Search for the topic you were talking about when you first started talking using the search bar.
  3. Find the conversation and click into it.
  4. That’s it!

Easy:

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings
  2. Toward the bottom, click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  3. Enter your password and then wait for Facebook to email you a download link.Image
  4. Re-enter your password and then wait for it to finish downloading.
  5. Open the file you downloaded (you will have to extract/unzip it) and click into your username. You’ll see an html file called “index.html” – click that.
  6. When it opens, click messages and there’s everything! Hopefully your computer is powerful enough to open up ALL your Facebook messages at once!
  7. Ctrl (or Command) +F is your friend.

 

Moderate:

  1. Go to http://m.facebook.com/messages/ (Notice that this is the mobile version of Facebook for phones.)
  2. Click the person you want to see the first message with.
  3. Right click the ”See older messages” button and click “open in new tab.”

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  4. The link that will appear in a new tab should look something like this:
  5. Now change the start=5 to start=a high number like 70000
    • A hint to find this magic number is to go to the normal “Full Conversation” on the desktop/normal site and as you scroll up, you’ll quickly see a number at the top next to “Loading Older Messages…” That’s your number.Screenshot (8)
  6. Finally, delete a portion of  the URL after the “&” symbol from number you just changed up to the next “&” symbol. You’re essentially removing the text that says “&last_message_timestamp=xxxxxxxxxxx
    • So, in my link, I would delete only the bold text: https://m.facebook.com/messages/read/?tid=1crhw%2FE%2Fy6pbBXu1aQ2xFg&start=5000&last_message_timestamp=1454723781183&pagination_direction=1&show_delete_message_button&refid=12
  7. You might still have to click “See older messages” a bit to get to the first few, but it’s nothing compared to going through 50,000+ messages first!

 

Difficult:

If you’re like me and you want to save every single message with someone because you don’t trust Facebook’s servers or if you just want a clean way to view your messages with someone to reminisce, you’re in the right place! No matter the reason, here’s my best attempt to explain how to save them all! Make sure you have a good computer if you plan on doing this method!

  1. To start, open up a browser like Google Chrome that has a print to PDF function.
  2. Go to http://m.facebook.com/messages/ (Notice that this is the mobile version of Facebook for phones.)
  3. Click the person you want to see the first message with.
  4. Download an auto mouse clicker app such as “Free Mouse Auto Clicker” for Windows or “Auto Mouse Clicker”  for Mac.
  5. Script your computer to systematically click the “See older messages” button and repeat after a second or so. This is where you’re going to need a good computer because many browsers crash once the RAM is maxed out.
  6. After the computer starts to slow down, which it will, stop the auto clicker, click print and choose save as PDF. My computer can usually make it through a few months of messages before you need to make a PDF.
  7. Make sure to check images and uncheck headers if you’re using Chrome.
  8. Right click the ”See older messages” button again and click “open in new tab.” Close the full and slow tab.
  9. Now all you have to do is repeat the process!

I wish you luck, as this is the hardest method of saving your messages, but the most rewarding. If you need help, I’m always here! Just don’t ask about how to use the Macro app. You just have to Google around or read the help document if you’re stuck.

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Reddit Content Gets Horribly Abused For A Profit

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Here’s what gets me really angry. So I’m surfing the web and I see a seemingly interesting article on NY Magazine about the invisible shrimp in the NY tap water. I’m interested to know more so I click the source article from Gizmodo. And there it is: [Reddit].

From a journalism standpoint, there is absolutely nothing wrong with what they did. They, as a news media source, circulated information to their audience in sheer hope that they would react well to it and remain interested in their website and they cited where they got the information from. But personally, I see this as the lowest of the low. Taking someone else’s work and distributing it for their own profit. After all, their site generates ad revenue. The more people they get to see “their” content, the more money goes into their wallets. Not the lone Reddit user who got nothing more than a word at the bottom of their article. Moreover, NY Magazine redistributed Gizmodo’s post, giving them credit for the work, not the Reddit user. Worse, NY Mag is also generating ad revenue. And the cycle continues.

Essentially, these websites are acting AS Redditors should.

While Karma Decay manages in-site reposting, Google is the only way to see if a post has been abused by one of these sensational journalists. If you Google just one of the many images Reddit user ftothe3 posted, you can see that it has been reposted by 137 media sources and blogs (Make that 138), most of whom make a profit from their content.

Here you’ll find an example of my Facebook feed on a given day, filled to the brim with posts I’ve already seen on Reddit weeks ago that have been reposted to sites like Gizmodo or the Gothamist. Sites I used to enjoy reading until I realized how much of their content is just redistributed from other sites. For now, I can only dream that this trend is one day laid to rest.

 

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Posts Used:

  1. http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/d7pso/look_what_i_found_in_my_tap_water_he_stained/
  2. http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1vxq0t/the_90s/
  3. http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1wy96f/military_dog_protecting_soldier_pretty_sweet_pic/
  4. http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1m6226/my_girlfriends_uncle_took_an_amazing_picture_with/
  5. http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/1xcllb/after_the_bathroom_door_jammed_and_wouldnt_unlock/
  6. http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1xqxbp/so_this_is_how_raleigh_nc_handles_25_of_snow/
  7. http://www.reddit.com/r/nyc/comments/1y1bwy/3_years_ago_you_were_evicted_from_20_catherine_st/
  8. http://www.reddit.com/r/shutupandtakemymoney/comments/1xwrfj/a_regenerating_candle_forms_a_new_one_as_it_melts/
  9. http://www.reddit.com/r/nyc/comments/1yaj5p/nypd_assault_on_african_american_citizens_caught/
  10. http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1ydjc9/before_after_kievs_independence_square_ukraine

I have lost all respect for all of 67,977 people today.

You’ve got to be kidding me right now.

“Like if you see your age?” Ok. Let’s look at the ages they listed. Hmm… Oh. Age 12 to infinity.

Basically, the only people they left out is the group of technologically advanced kids younger than 12 on facebook who would never think to like something so desperate for attention in the first place.

But… I have to admit. My age IS there. Too bad they didn’t threaten me with a time limit to find my age, or say that i’ll get killed if I don’t like the post. Oh well. I’ll take my chances.

Facebook, where do you draw the line? The messenger app just ruined everything.

Take this scenario:

You’re finally talking to your crush on Facebook! Great! Step one is complete! But uh-oh….. she’s asked a question that you dont know how to answer. Say she asked you who you like. That’s right. You’re screwed now. So it’s time for backup, you know, message a friend about the girl you’re messaging on what to say. But your aid isn’t quick to reply either. By now, the girl is wondering what your’re thinking, and she might be getting a bit bummed, mad, sad, angry – I mean, who knows what a girl’s reaction will be! They’re girls! To top it all off, she would now know that you already read the message the second she sent it. That’s just a slap in the face and a whole mess of awkwardness if you ask me.

Facebook, I appreciate your aid given by the single benefit of this feature: Now the people looking for me when i’m not quickly answering their texts can message me on facebook and they can see if you read the message or not, so they know I still have a pulse. Smart.

Now, I feel strongly about this probably because something like this happened to me a few years ago. I won’t go into details, but my uncle basically got me my crush and a best friend for life.

Like if you’re…

“Like if you’re on facebook right now.” “Like if you love jesus.” “Like if you don’t like cancer.” “Like if you hate homework.” “Like if you breathe in air.” “Reshare if you love god, in 120 seconds he will do you a favor.” “Share in 2 seconds and you’ll get a surprise!” Are you noticing a trend? Any sense of repetition? Any apparent appeals being tossed around? Just wondering if I’m the only one who sees this. Because there is a trend, and it really needs to stop. But what I just wrote is practically the same level of illogical garbage that is a person’s desperate attempt to get “likes” or “subscribers.”

It’s just as ridiculous as way back when (6 months ago) people would like every waking facebook page that popped up.

That’s what I miss about the old facebook; before it was overrun by a desperate few. I actually liked when facebook told a person’s favorite stories. I liked when people would write their utmost inner feelings and share them with the world, no matter how desperate for attention it was. I liked it when a status meant what the definition of the word actually meant; a state of affairs. But I don’t like where it’s headed.